Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police–she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home–Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?
Cassie is a flight attendant on a run to Dubai. She hooks up with a stranger from the flight and wakes up next to his dead body! She is clueless….did she do this? Or someone else? See, Cassie is a blackout alcoholic, liar, and thief. But, she has some good qualities. She visits the animal shelter every Sunday. She is also a hard worker and she really tries to be a good aunt to her niece and nephew. So, did she really do this?
Cassie is an enigma to me. I was torn with my feelings for her. I could not help but think…she brought this on herself. However, I could not help but feel sorry for her situation, especially when it escalates. And boy, does it escalate. FBI, lawyers, media, she is really in a mess.
I was completely caught up in Cassie’s dilemma. I read this in two days. It is a mesmerizing page turner. This is what I call a “smart” read. You cannot skip anything or you miss something important. It is an intricate and complex story……THEN THE ENDING! Did not see that coming!
Don’t miss this one!
I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.